What’s the Buzz: Germany’s Publishing Widows; Why Asian Crime Isn’t Popular; Larsson’s Partner offered $3 Million

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though most of Germany’s largest media companies were founded by men, the tagespiegel points out how many of these companies have since been taken over by the younger wives of said founders. Instead of “publishers”, they are “publishers’ widows”, though they wield as much power as their husbands did. Friede Springer (Axel Springer Verlag) …

Los Angeles Adds Glam to Guadalajara

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Since launching the Guest of Honor program at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in 1993, Guests of Honor at have included Colombia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Peru, Catalonia, Brazil, Italy, Quebec, and even New Mexico, but 2009 marks the first time that a city has been awarded this honor. This year’s fair, which runs from November …

The Strange World of Yakuza Fan Magazines

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By Jake Adelstein TOKYO: The Japanese mafia, better known as the yakuza, has been the subject of fan magazines for decades. These magazines serve as de-facto trade periodicals for a world of vicious, autocratic thugs, men who are handy with swords and guns, sport full-body tattoos, deal in illegal contraband and laundered money, and rip off the general public; all …

Could This Be the End of Territorial Copyright?

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Frankfurt’s enduring relevance as an international rights fair is built to a great extent on the principle of territorial copyright—that invisible patchwork of rights territories that covers the globe. But what if there was no territorial copyright to enable publishers to safely invest in intellectual property in their own country, safe in the knowledge that another publisher …

Reading Brazil

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka RIO DE JANIERO: Last week’s news that Rio de Janiero will host the 2016 Summer Olympics raised cheers across South America, a continent that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. The setting for an Olympic games could not be more stunning: the city abuts both the ocean and the forest, with roads cut through mountains that majestically …

Bonus Material: How to Increase Word of Mouth by 29,900%

In Discussion by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Liebestänze – Der Trailer BERLIN: Author Rainer Schmidt has taken the art of word of mouth to a whole new level. Instead of relying on a friends, family members and the staff of his publisher, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, to talk up his book, he took the concept literally and filmed 300 people in Germany — ranging from DJs …

Bonus Material: Rose’s Reincarnationist Reinvented for TV as Past Life

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Book and graphic novel adaptations, such as Julie and Julia and Watchmen, have been having a bonanza at the box office this year (well, save for Time Traveler’s Wife). You would think that this would naturally translate to more television interest in books, as well. Looking into the near-future, one of the most anticipated titles headed for the …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Ex-HC CEO Friedman Raises $3 milliion; Amazon to Fine UK Publishers

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the US, former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman has raised $3 million for a new venture called Open Road Integrated Media — a company few seem to know much about other than it will be involved in e-book marketing and promotion. The above video, in which Friedman is filmed in a recent conversation with former CEO and Chairman of the …

Bonus Material: TwiCon Grosses $750,000, Launching in Vegas, Toronto

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Movie Trailers – Movies Blog The Twilight phenomenon continues unabated and some fans have turned entrepreneurial. Last year, 19 year-old Becka Grapsy, a student at Penn State University, and Bailey Gauthier, a twenty-something Canadian (aka, vlogger “NoMoreMarbles”), who banded together to circulate an online petition among Twilight fans asking about interest in a convention and gathered some …